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I think most of us agree that Joe Goldberg's character in Netflix' surprise hit stalker series You is one of the creepiest protagonists EVER.

The wildly popular psycho-thriller show follows Goldberg, a bookstore manager, as he obsesses over Guinevere Beck, a poetry major.

Things grow increasingly insane as he becomes further embroiled with his love for her, and Penn Badgley's acting skills plus the script giving us Joe's inner monologue allows some of his actions to be veiled as justified.


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Viewers become so enraptured by what's going on inside Joe's stalker-brain that it's too easy to forget his actions, and get wrapped up in his thoughts instead.

Penn Badgley even had to tweet to the show's fans about the dangers of falling for a man like Joe, who is inherently psychopathic and abusive, yet women are sucked into his mind.

Netflix uploaded a two-minute clip to their official YouTube channel on Tuesday to highlight just how creepy he is without his internal monologue narration and the result is CHILLING AF.

The clips shows an awkward scene between Beck and Joe in bed together, as well as a scene of the couple reading books, in total silence. If Joe was so consumed with his relationship, why was he so damn silent all the time?

The video also shows a minor interaction with Peach Salinger, Becks BFF and the only one who sees Joe for exactly what he is. 

You season two will see Joe find a new love interest, Love Quinn (weird name…). The next series is set to premiere on Netflix sometime this autumn, so take some time to get sufficiently repulsed by Silent Joe before then.


Most of us remember the days of Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf, strutting across our screens. We were OBSESSED with Gossip Girl, it took over our lives.

From the romance between Blair and Chuck Bass, to the big reveal of who the secret character behind the mayhem was; it had us hooked.

Now, a reboot of The CW series may be coming to our screens, an executive producer has revealed. Stop the world, we're getting off. This is major goss…


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Yup, that's right. We're going right back to the Upper East Side, and discussions have reportedly taken place about bringing the original drama back.

The series starred Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick and Penn Badgley, and aired from 2007 until 2012. Let's not forget that none other than Kristen Bell narrated it too.

The show followed the glamorous (not to mention absurd) lives of a group of upper-class teenagers living in the prestigious areas of Manhattan.


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The trends it inspired are still around today, it had an unprecedented amount of influence on the youth who tuned in to watch it.

Gossip Girl was a massive hit for the American TV network The CW, and president Mark Pedowitz has confirmed it could get a reboot.

According to Deadline, he said: “There’s been discussions. But I don’t know if we’re there yet.”

Pedowitz also added that the return would depend on Warner Bros., who own The CW, and showrunners Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz.

We've seen all 121 episodes about a million times, but my GOD we want more. 

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Since You became the murder series du jour over on Netflix, the Internet has been awash with fan theories and opinion s- one of which has rustled a few feathers. 

Joe, the show's protagonist, played by Penn Badgely, is a murderous sociopathic stalker, but his behaviour has been romanticised by some viewers of the show. 

Penn has previously opposed the idolisation of Joe, tweeting 'He is a murderer' in response to fans thirsting after his character. 


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However, he had not intended for his combatative tweets to go viral. 

'I hadn’t thought about it, and when I did it I wasn’t thinking about it as a strategic move,' he told The New York Times of his tweets.

'I didn’t intend for it to go viral in this way; the whole point is for us to have an elevated conversation about the themes of this show.'

'What I ended up doing after a few of those tweets went viral was follow some of the users I quote-tweeted, and DMed them just to check in,' he said.


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His DM-sliding led him to discover that he had misinterpreted at least one of the You-viewer's sentiments.  

'So I actually had a lengthy conversation over DMs with one woman, and she correctly pointed out that I had sort of misinterpreted what she said.'

'She was talking about why she was so charmed by me, the actor, rather than by the character of Joe.'


Penn Badgely was one of the many heartthrobs to grace our screens in iconic teen drama Gossip Girl.

Filling the role of Dan Humphrey, Badgely was one of the lead characters, and he recalled to The Daily Beast how stalker super fans would hover around shoot locations hoping for a glimpse of the actor. However, not all of them had good intentions. 

Badgely told the publication that he had been 'molested' by fans of the show who hugely overstepped the boundary when seeing the actor. 


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“I think as an actor you can become an object of desire, which is something women are already accustomed to more or less around the world,' he said.

'I’ve definitely been, I mean I don’t want to sound sensationalist, but I’ve literally been molested—just in the literal sense of the word—by many people in the moment,' he recalled.

'Because that’s what they do.'


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Arguably one of the most defining TV shows of its' time, it is still golden binge-watch material whether you're there to feast your eyes on bitchy drama or the cast wardrobe.

However, it is important to remember that men are also victims of sexual assault and rape, and if you or anyone you know has been impacted, please contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. 

The National 24-Hour Helpline can be reached at 1800 77 88 88.